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Mobile Holiday Shopping Tips: How To Keep Your Personal And Credit Card Information Secure While Shopping With Your Smartphone

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Mobile Holiday Shopping Tips: How To Keep Your Personal And Credit Card Information Secure While Shopping With Your Smartphone

The rise of mobile apps and online stores has made it easier than ever for consumers to shop from their phones without the need to step into a store. But hackers and digital thieves have taken notice of the pool of mobile data as a growing opportunity for larceny. Part of the reason for this is poor data practices by app developers — the storage of payment and personal data in apps — which leaves customer details ripe for the picking from devices. The other is the lack of good security practices by consumers. Whatever the cause, it’s an attractive target for fraudsters. “Shopping apps are close to financial apps in what they store,” said Andrew Hoog, CEO of mobile security testing company NowSecure. “They store user names, passwords, credit cards, geolocation data and even buying habits.” With that in mind there plenty of steps consumers can take to protect their data this holiday season. One of the steps Hoog recommends is avoiding public Wi-Fi as much as possible when making mobile purchases. The reason for this is by their open nature, public hotspots aren’t secure, and it’s easy for an attacker to either pose as a fake access point and gather […]

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Identity theft on rise during holiday shopping season

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Identity theft on rise during holiday shopping season

People all across the world jumped into holiday shopping by looking for theBEST DEALS on Cyber Monday. However, because of all the shopping, online customers are seeing an increased risk of identity theft. Officer Beth Glover of the Lee’s SummitPOLICE Department says cases of identity theft are on the rise this time of year. As a result, police are increasingly joining forces with other areas to put a stop to the crimes. Lee’s Summit is currently a part of The Heartland of America RegionalCOMPUTER FORENSICS Lab (HARCFL), which tracks cyber crimes in parts of Missouri and Kansas. Officer Glover also says metro police are working with the Secret Service and other federal law enforcement to try and decrease cases of identity theft. CREDIT CARD theft has definitely increased over time,” Glover explained. “We didn’t see this type of activity 10 or 15 years ago. Just over the last few years we have seen an uptick in reporting.” POLICEgive the following tips to online shoppers to help them avoid getting their identity stolen: •         Use aSECURE website: One way to tell is by searching for “https” in the address •         Avoid using public Wi-Fi when buying things online •         Only use […]

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Shoppers Beware: Tips on Safe Cyber Monday Shopping

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Shoppers Beware: Tips on Safe Cyber Monday Shopping

Some shoppers don’t like to deal with all the hustle and bustle that Black Friday and Small Business Saturday bring, so they prefer to find their steals and deals on Cyber Monday.  The annual shopping holiday falls on November 30th this year. Shoppers who do a lot of online shopping are also at a greater risk for scams. According to the National Retail Federation, shoppers expect to do almost half of their holiday shopping online this year. For those planning to do your Christmas shopping from the comfort of your home, they need to be careful where they click and what they buy. To help shoppers avoid scams, viruses, and other holiday hoax’s the Better Business Bureauhas some tips: Protect your computer – Your computer should always have the most recent updates installed for spam filters, anti-virus and anti-spyware software and a secure firewall. Stick to trustworthy websites – Research the seller’s reputation and track record for customer satisfaction at bbb.org. Look for BBB’s seal and other widely-recognized “trust marks” on retailer websites. Always remember to click on the seals to confirm that they are valid and check out customer reviews online, including those offered by Better Business Bureau. Protect your […]

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

As consumers shop online during Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging them to protect their personal information and avoid scams online. “It’s a busy time of year, but it’s important not to let your guard down when it comes to identity theft and fraud prevention,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We encourage people to check out the websites they’re using before entering payment information, to be careful about the type of payment they use when shopping online, and to watch for signs of a scam.” The Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber Monday, is considered one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and according to survey results from the National Retail Federation, almost half of holiday shopping (browsing and buying) will occur online this year. To avoid scams while shopping online, Attorney General DeWine offers consumers the following recommendations: Install updates on your devices before shopping. Installing updates on your phone, tablet, computer, or other electronic devices can add new security patches and critical files, so make sure your apps, anti-virus software, operating systems, and other important programs are up to date before entering payment information. Remember to download or […]

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Online holiday shopping: 4 tips to keep you safe from cyber-crime

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Online holiday shopping: 4 tips to keep you safe from cyber-crime

Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. “The Pandora’s box of cyberattacks is about to open,” says Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based dataPROTECTION firm. “The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative — and at the end of the day, it’s your personal information at risk.” Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your information from online Grinches. Beware of gifts of free wi-fi It’s awful tempting to sign on to a store’s free Wi-Fi while you’re out shopping, especially since store walls are notorious for blocking or weakening smartphone data connections. But fraudsters also may be lurking on the networks, ready to use that connection to stealCREDIT CARD or other personal information. “People may want to log on to their Best Buy or Amazon accounts to check prices, but open Wi-Fi is probably the least secure place to do that,” says Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. And never use open Wi-Fi connections to checkBANK ACCOUNTinformation. The last thing you want a hacker to have is a direct […]

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Avoiding scams during the holiday shopping season

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Avoiding scams during the holiday shopping season

With the upcoming holiday season, many are going to open their pockets, but unfortunately, some unwelcome hands may attempt to grab New Yorker’s wallets. That reality prompted the officials at Governor Cuomo’s office to encourage online vigilance from New Yorkers who may shop or give to charities during the holiday season, especially on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday. “Today’s technology makes online shopping incredibly convenient with just the click of a mouse or swipe of a screen,” Margaret Miller, New York State’s Chief Information Officer, said. “While these technologies make transactions much easier for the consumer, they also make cybercrime much easier for a hacker.” Nationwide, NYS officials say cybercrime cost Americans $1.7 billion in 2014. To avoid becoming a statistic, officials recommended the following: Do research before buying:  Buy from merchants and websites you know you can trust: Don’t visit websites that seem too good to be true, nor just because you found the link on a blog or an advertisement. Many times they can be fake websites. Watch out for ads that aim at misleading you: Read the fine print always and don’t fall for illegitimate merchants. Don’t click on pop-up advertisements and email links: Just […]

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Top Rated Shopping Apps in the Windows 10 Store

While shopping apps for our Windows Phones are great tools while you are on the go, there are plenty of shopping apps in the Windows 10 Store for shopping at home or planning your shopping adventures.

To continue our effort to expose those who may be new to Windows 10 to the top apps and games in the Store, we turn out sights to the shopping category of apps. We pulled a few of the top selections available in the Store to help you shop for merchandise, plan your shopping lists and track your shipments.

This roundup merely scratches the surface of the number of shopping-related apps in the Windows 10 Store. If we have overlooked your favorite Windows shopping app, feel free to toss out your recommendation in the comments below.

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8 Ways to Protect Your Identity While Online Shopping

8 Ways to Protect Your Identity While Online Shopping

The recent hacking of celebrity nude photos demonstrated that we are often more vulnerable to privacy breaches than we think. And as we move into the most frenzied shopping season of the year, scam artists will be on the prowl […]

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Shopping for a Polymer 9mm: We Test CZ, Sphinx, & Walther

We recently had the good fortune to have three interesting 9mm polymer-frame handguns come our way. Two of them are new to these pages, the Walther PPX M1 No. 2790025, $450; and the Kriss Sphinx SDP Compact, $1295. This marks the first time we’ve ever tested a Sphinx of any sort, and the PPX is […]

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